Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

baltiem

03:23PM | 02/15/09
Member Since: 02/14/09
1 lifetime posts
I just pruchased a home that has an unfinished basement with exposed insulation on the ceiling (concrete walls and floor). We would like to use one end of the basement as a gym. Eventually we will finish it but for now is there a quick way to protect ourselves from the exposed insulation? I have heard of many options such as plastic, Tyvek, etc. Open to suggestions and what would be best and relatively easy.

KingVolcano

02:55PM | 02/19/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
271 lifetime posts
I always advise my clients against turning their basement into a workout area. Obvious concerns are exposure to fiberglass, but you should also have concern for concrete dust which is very abrasive and an irritant. Another concern is mold spores. A typical basement has very poor air quality due to the lack of circulation. If you must convert the space into a gym, cover the fiberglass with anything nonporous. You should have some type of air filtration system and something to refresh the air in the basement.

Adding plants to a basement is a great way to add oxygen into the air. Plants can also filter the air. However, you must also know that soil in a basement can harbor mold.

After you cover the fiberglass insulation, HEPA vacuum the entire basement. Then install an air filtration system. Then wait a few days and vacuum again. Then you should be ready to workout.

If your objective is t be healthy, breathing unhealthy air is counter productive.


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